When I first started this blog I wrote a post called ‘Lime Crime Replicas: Must or Bust?’ and I eventually deleted it since it was a post I was extremely unhappy with. Today I’m writing this post and including everything I missed along with all the things that needed fixing!
In this post I’m going to go over cheap cosmetics in general, and I want to just say in advance when I say ‘cheap’ I don’t mean brands you can buy at your local drugstore with a well-known name nationally/internationally, I mean brands you’ve never heard of but are really really cheap!
Firstly I’m going to go over replicas of known brands since they are the main reason for this post.
A lot of the time the drugstore products you find online are completely fine because they aren’t able to compete with the brand with their prices. Of course, I do recommend buying from a reliable site (your drugstore, the brands site, etc) because you do know that you’re getting a legitimate product just in case.
However, when it comes to replicas, this is where the issues come in.
I know what you’re thinking, it’s a total steal! but unfortunately, that’s not the case.
The price range is probably the best way to determine how legitimate a product is. If it’s retailing at $95 AUD at Sephora and it’s being sold on eBay for $7 it’s a sign that there’s something fishy about the product! Another way to tell (very easily) is the absolutely ridiculously long title for the product. It’s basically a way to get around saying the actual name of the legitimate brands’ product and avoiding a lawsuit and half of the time it makes no sense!
If you do decide to purchase these products, not only are you likely buying a product which could be COMPLETELY different to the photo, you may be putting yourself at a lot of risks. If you’d like to know more about this, keep reading as I get into the nitty gritty about these products effects on the body towards the end of the post!
I’m not talking about the somewhat unknown Instagram brand selling super cute handmade makeup here, I’m talking about the brands you can find on Wish, AliExpress, Amazon & eBay. Although of course, these brands do sometimes sell their own line of products most of the time they’ll sell replicas or ‘similar to’ products which take them out of the risk of being sued to the high heavens. Just like I said in the replica section of these posts when it comes to buying these brands it’s a matter of you’re paying for what you get. If you pay $95 for a palette you’ll find you’re paying for the quality product made with quality ingredients, however, if you’re paying $7 for a 12 pan glitter eyeshadow palette…it’s not going to be good.
Here’s an example of a brand who makes ‘similar to’ products on AliExpress. I’ve blocked out their name due to the fact I don’t want to get sued (that’d suuuuck).
(pls don’t sue me I’m poor)
So you find a site and it tells you that the products they sell are genuine, they’re local and they’ve got some super cheap prices…what could go wrong?
This is more of a tricky section as it’s a 50/50 here, but there’s a chance (a slim one, but big enough for a mention) that the product you’ve purchased is genuine, but also ridiculously out of date. I wrote a blog post about makeup expiry and how old your products really are which you can read here, which was inspired by Beauty News (their Instagram and their Youtube channel) where they discuss the makeup products they bought at a discounted price and wanted to see how old they really were. Their video on it is here and let me tell you, it’s super interesting!
From my little investigation, they usually focus on brands which are more Instagram famous, I’ve compiled a list of ones I found just on eBay, so there could be LOADS more I missed.
- Arsenic poisoning
- Allergic reactions
- Aluminium poisoning
- Increased acne
- Mercury poisoning
- Chemical burns
- Lead poisoning
- Hyper Tension
- & More…
So what’s in it that’s so dangerous? Let me tell you!
Notice one that you REALLY don’t want on your face? Yep, feces. Obviously, you want none of these in your makeup products but the truth is, that’s what you’re spending that $7 on! Oh, and it’s human as well as rat feces…
When it comes to bacteria and E-Coli (I thought they were the same) this is probably caused by the conditions they were made in.
Photo credit to http://www.dailymail.co.uk or the original source (which I couldn’t find)
In April 2018 the LAPD put their foot down with the counterfeit makeup being sold in Santee Alley and seized $700,000 worth of counterfeit makeup, which tested positive in high levels of feces and bacteria…now tell me if that $7 price tag is worth it!
As I’ve said in previous posts I strongly believe if you like a brands products, go out and buy them and support the brand. Yes, they may be expensive but if it’s something you like and enjoy it’s completely worth every cent! A cheap makeup product isn’t worth risking your health over, especially with everything that’s involved in it.
I’m sure I’ll get a response of “well I haven’t had a reaction to it so it’s fine” but the problem is that when you’re purchasing these products you’re financing the company, when you finance the company you’re making them able to give people products which can give people reactions. With these companies, they’re in it solely for the money and not to give you high-quality products you’ll love, which is unfortunate.
To conclude this post I’d like to say that I hope with this post I’ve opened your eyes to this sort of thing and that I really care about you and your health, no one deserves a feces-filled makeup product or something that can give you a chemical burn! Be careful of what you’re putting on your face and most definitely remember that the genuine products you buy are absolutely worth the money you spend.